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Jordan temporarily closes airspace due to "escalating regional risks"

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-04-14 04:42
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AMMAN -- Jordan's Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission announced on Saturday a temporary closure of the country's airspace to all incoming, outgoing, and transit flights.

The decision, effective from 11:00 pm local time (2000 GMT), aimed to maintain the safety and security of civil aviation within Jordanian airspace, following a comprehensive risk assessment based on international standards, according to state broadcaster Al Mamlaka TV.

The commission stated that the closure would last for several hours and be subject to continuous updates and reviews in response to ongoing developments.

The United States said it anticipated that, in response to the recent assault on its consulate in Damascus, Syria, Iran may execute retaliatory strikes against targets within Israel. Although Iran has declared its intent for retribution, it has not disclosed specific details regarding the timing or strategy of its "revenge."

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